The Trump Administration took several actions to protect U.S. national security from Huawei. In February 2020, the US Department of Justice issued a 16-count indictment against the company, for alleged racketeering and conspiracy to steal trade secrets.
Hawei has been sanctioned by the Trump administration for human rights abuses and mass detention of Uyghurs in Xinjiang gulags. Huawei tested facial recognition AI capable of recognizing ethnicity-specific features to alert government authorities to members of the ethnic group. Huawei previoulsy was also restricted from doing commerce with U.S. companies due to willful violations of sanctions against the Iranian terrorist sponsor state.
In 2019, Huawei hired Chris Fonzone’s firm, Sidley Austin LLP, to lobby in navigating the Trump administration's crackdown on the company for its ties to the Chinese communist regime and military. In June 2020 the Pentagon determined that Huawei is primarily backed by the Chinese military. In 2021 the CCP-controlled Biden junta appointed Fonzone as general counsel for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).
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